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'Referral advice' recommendation details

Alcohol-use disorders - preventing harmful drinking

Guidance ID NICE 'referral advice' recommendation 'Referral advice' category
PH24 If there is a reason to believe that there is a significant risk of alcohol-related harm in children and young people aged 10 to 15 years who are thought to be at risk from their use of alcohol, consider referral to child and adolescent mental health services, social care or to young people's alcohol services for treatment, as appropriate and available. Time frame not specified
PH24 In young people aged 16 and 17 years who have been identified via screening as drinking hazardously or harmfully, provide information on local specialist addiction services to those who do not respond well to discussion but who want further help. Refer them to these services if this is what they want. Referral must be made to services that deal with young people. Give those who are actively seeking treatment for an alcohol problem a physical and mental assessment and offer, or refer them for, appropriate treatment and care. Time frame not specified
PH24 NHS professionals should routinely carry out alcohol screening as an integral part of practice. Do not offer simple brief advice to anyone who may be dependent on alcohol. Instead, refer them for specialist treatment. If in doubt, consult relevant specialists. Work on the basis that offering an intervention is less likely to cause harm than failing to act where there are concerns. Consult relevant specialists when it is not appropriate to use an English language-based screening questionnaire. (For example, when dealing with people whose first language is not English or who have a learning disability.) Time frame not specified
PH24 In those aged 16 years and over who attend NHS or other public services and may be alcohol-dependent, consider making a referral for specialist treatment if one or more of the following has occurred. They: show signs of moderate or severe alcohol-dependence, have failed to benefit from structured brief advice and an extended brief intervention and wish to receive further help for an alcohol problem, show signs of severe alcohol-related impairment or have a related co-morbid condition (for example, liver disease or alcohol-related mental health problems). Time frame not specified
PH24 A brief intervention will address many people's alcohol-related problems. However, those who are moderately or severely alcohol-dependent are likely to need specialist help. Time frame not specified

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